Map: Median age by country

June 15, 2017
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If countries have a similar median age, does that mean they are also similar in other ways? My best guess at an answer is - probably. Perhaps if we plot the data on a map, we'll be able to see the answer more clearly. I first started thinking about thi...
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Bilingual job opportunities in the U.S.

June 14, 2017
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When I was in college, I lived in the Alexander dorm, where each room had an American student and an International student. I learned a lot about the rest of the world, and I also heard a lot of different languages being spoken. I'm really impressed wh...
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Two ways to compute maximum likelihood estimates in SAS

June 14, 2017
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Two ways to compute maximum likelihood estimates in SAS

In a previous article, I showed two ways to define a log-likelihood function in SAS. This article shows two ways to compute maximum likelihood estimates (MLEs) in SAS: the nonlinear optimization subroutines in SAS/IML and the NLMIXED procedure in SAS/STAT. To illustrate these methods, I will use the same data

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Following SAS GEL Security Rules with Metacoda Security Tests

June 13, 2017
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If you’re responsible for managing SAS® platform security, and you haven’t seen them yet, then I’d definitely recommend reading Five papers on Recommended SAS 9.4 Security Model Design (part 1 & part 2) as published by David Stern, Principal Technical Architect from the SAS Global Enablement and Learning (GEL) team. These papers are an...
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CNTK integrated into Keras

June 13, 2017
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CNTK integrated into Keras

Keras is a very convenient tool to build your deep learning model from scratch, it is so easy to use that it almost becomes the de-facto deep learning modeling framework in Kaggle competition.Keras used to support only TensorFlow and Theano, now, CNTK,...
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Two simple ways to construct a log-likelihood function in SAS

June 12, 2017
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Two simple ways to construct a log-likelihood function in SAS

Maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) is a powerful statistical technique that uses optimization techniques to fit parametric models. The technique finds the parameters that are "most likely" to have produced the observed data. SAS provides many tools for nonlinear optimization, so often the hardest part of maximum likelihood is writing down

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Star Trek (the original series) – the infographic!

June 9, 2017
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If you were a fan of the original Star Trek television series, you probably remember lots of little details about the show. And you might even feel sorry for the people who don't get the clever references you make to things from the show. If you're tha...
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The IFN function versus the IF-THEN/ELSE statement in SAS

June 7, 2017
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The IFN function versus the IF-THEN/ELSE statement in SAS

I have previously discussed how to define functions that safely evaluate their arguments and return a missing value if the argument is not in the domain of the function. The canonical example is the LOG function, which is defined only for positive arguments. For example, to evaluate the LOG function

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Graphing Ironman race data

June 6, 2017
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This past weekend, I was a volunteer helping with an Ironman 70.3 race. I was really impressed & inspired by the athletes ... I was also excited about the quantity and variety of data generated by this type of race (compared to a regular marathon). And as a 'graph guy' I

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